Local students to compete in National Science Bowl; High schools plan Open House events; Westridge custodian Jed Ross, 54, dies; Two seats open on Legal Budget Committee

Local students to compete in National Science Bowl

Ten middle-school students from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School will face off against more than two dozen other teams Saturday for the right to represent their region in the national finals of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl.

Grady Brown, Sam Burge, Simon Corbett, Connor Gewant, Charlie Goodwin, John Goodwin, Cole Kayser, Sameer Shenoy, Sonia Shenoy and Adrian Torres-Arranaga will compete in the regional event Saturday at the University of Portland, with guidance from science teacher Marcangelo Puccio.

High schoolers will take their turn a week later, with teams from both Lakeridge High and LOHS scheduled to compete against more than 30 other teams on Feb. 10.

Members of the winning teams from both the middle school and high school regionals will receive all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to compete in DOE's National Science Bowl in late April. Winners of the national competition can score adventure trips to Alaska and national parks across the country to learn first-hand about science in the field, as well as trophies, medals and supplies for their schools' science departments.

More than 275,000 students have participated in the NSB Finals since the first competition in 1991. They pit their science and math knowledge — and their reflexes — against each other in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format. Subjects include biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, energy and math.

For more on the contest, go to

High schools plan Open House events

Future Lakers and Pacers — and their parents — can learn all about Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools at Open House events planned in the next couple of weeks.

The gatherings will include student speakers and performances, campus tours, a chance to meet with teachers and coaches and plenty of information about teams, clubs and forecasting for classes.

Lakeridge High (1235 Overlook Drive) will hold its open house from 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. For more information, call the school at 503-534-2319.

Lake Oswego High (2501 Country Club Road) will hold its Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12. For details, call 503-534-2313.

Westridge custodian Jed Ross, 54, dies

ROSSNighttime custodian Jed Ross died Tuesday night while working at Westridge Elementary, the school district announced on Wednesday.

When Ross did not return home at the end of his shift, the district said, his mother notified police. Officers and medical personnel responded to Westridge shortly after midnight and found Ross lying face-down, with no chest movement. Lake Oswego Fire Department officials said Wednesday morning that a cause of death has not been determined.

Ross was 54 years old. He joined the LOSD in 1988.

Extra counseling staff was onsite at Westridge to support students and teachers Wednesday morning, the district said.

Two seats open on Legal Budget Committee

Applications are now being accepted for two positions on the Lake Oswego School District's Legal Budget Committee.

The committee, which includes members of the School Board and five citizen members, is charged with reviewing and approving the district's budget for the upcoming school year. The committee's work is typically accomplished during four or five meetings in the spring, and citizen members are appointed to three-year terms.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 9. Forms are available online at and can be returned to Cheryl Walsh via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by regular mail to Finance Department, Lake Oswego School District, 2455 Country Club Road, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

— The Review

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